Scholarships

Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International and help members reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. A total of $948,500 of scholarship funds were awarded in 2019, including an additional $73,000 in June from an anonymous contributor. This brings the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $12 million. Read the success stories of past scholarship winners in the special 20th anniversary publication WAI Scholarships Change Lives.

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The 2020 scholarship application process is now online, and applications must be submitted by November 12, 2019. Mailed applications and materials should be sent to WAI Scholarships, 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381.

Remember that applicants must be WAI members in good standing.  Contact Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace with any additional questions.

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The applicant understands and accepts that WAI has no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any scholarship awards other than those specifically identified as WAI scholarships.

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Flight Training Scholarships

Estimated Value: 
$1,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Bunny M. Connors was a career respiratory therapist at several hospitals in the North Andover, MA area.  She later chose to pursue her life-long dream of flying.  She became a flight instructor, enthusiastically sharing her love of flying with her students.  She went on to a commercial flying career with Bird Aviation and Cape Central Airways.  The scholarship will be awarded to a WAI member pursuing a private pilot certificate or instrument rating.  Flight training must be completed in 12 months of receiving scholarship. 

Estimated Value: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

 The WAI Oshkosh Chapter Spirit of Flight Scholarship is open to women of all ages who have already soloed and are working on their recreational, sport pilot, private pilot, or commercial certificate; instrument or multi-engine rating; or CFI. Preference will be given to Wisconsin residents, but all who qualify are encouraged to apply. Funds will be paid to the flight school of your choice.

Estimated Value: 
$10,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) offers scholarships to promote the advancement of women in the world’s airline flight decks. ISA+21 will award two B737 or A320 type ratings valued at $10,000 USD each. The successful candidates will train for eight days with Flight Training International in Miami or Denver. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school and training must be completed within 18 months. One letter of recommendation must be from a pilot who has flown with you.

Estimated Value: 
$2,500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

"Women in Aviation International (WAI) in partnership with J. Elliot Marketing (Nipomo, CA), offer a $2,500 flight training scholarship in memory of Christine Reed. Christine never completed her flight training. She loved airplanes and loved airports, and she attempted to become a private pilot. Christine passed away unexpectedly at the age of 32 and was never able to complete her flight training.Many pilots never forget their first “solo” because it’s such a momentous occasion in the process of becoming a pilot.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The Wings for Val Foundation, www.wingsforval.org, honors the legacy of Lieutenant Valerie Cappelaere Delaney (May 14, 1986 – March 11, 2013), through a mission to support women in aviation and to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Val achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot when she earned her “Wings of Gold” in 2012 and started flying the EA-6B Prowler for the U.S. Navy. Just a year later, Val tragically lost her life in a training mission.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Envoy Air will award one $5,000.00 Future Airline Pilot Scholarship to qualified members of Women in Aviation that are working towards a Commercial or CFI Certificate. Funds will be paid directly to the flight school, and training must be completed within one year from the date of award. Scholarship recipient will also be guaranteed a First Officer interview upon successful completion of Envoy’s hiring requirements.

Flight Training

Dare to Dream Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$3,000 each
Available Scholarships: 
2
Scholarship Year: 
2020

The sponsors of this scholarship would like to make a difference in the life of one deserving person who is pursuing their dream in the world of aviation. A $3000 scholarship will be awarded to an individual working toward an instrument or multi-engine rating, commercial or CFI certificate. Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training must be completed within one year. The recipient will be chosen on a basis of merit, career aspirations and dedication, as well as contributions to her community.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

This scholarship honors the legacy of Captain Sara Knutson Cullen, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army who perished on the same day as Val in Afghanistan. Her family shares that Sara was smart, funny, and driven to succeed. She had a strong faith and positively impacted those around her through her wit, kindness, and joyfulness. This scholarship is open to a female WAI member from any country, 18 years of age or older. It will be awarded to an individual pursuing a private helicopter (rotary wing) pilot license.

Flight Training

Diane Ballweg Scholarship

Estimated Value: 
$500
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

HARD COPY APPLICATIONS ONLY  This scholarship is given to a woman over 30 who wants to learn to fly or who already has a pilot’s license (private, sport or recreational) and wants to pursue an advanced certificate or rating, i.e. Instrument, Commercial, etc.  The scholarship award will be paid directly to the flight school to be applied to the recipient’s account.

Estimated Value: 
$5,000
Available Scholarships: 
1
Scholarship Year: 
2020

Wings For Val Foundation has partnered with the woman-owned DARTdrones UAV Training School to provide a drone training scholarship for a female looking to get started in the drone industry. This scholarship includes the DARTdrones ultimate Professional Drone Pilot Package; a full day of in-person training designed to give you everything you need to pass the Part 107 Drone License exam and six months access to their full online Part 107 Test Prep course and student guide.  With this package, you also get a full day of in-person drone pilot training with an expert flight instructor and access

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